You have a carious tooth which is deeper involving the pulp of the tooth (heart of the tooth). In this case you will have a severe pain
- During night,
- On chewing,
- Taking hot food, etc.,
Eventhen we can preserve the tooth by doing root canal treatment, if you still have a minimum required amount of remaining tooth structure and minimum tooth movement (mobility) to save the tooth. We remove the entire diseased (necrosed) pulp, cleanse it using antibacterial solution and fill it with artificial material (guttapercha) to prevent bacterial growth and stop the infection.
After root canal treatment it is always mandatory to place the crown (cap) on the tooth structure to regain its strength and prevent the breakage of the tooth. You can use root canal treated as normal tooth. (normal maintenance, eating, brushing).
Save the natural gift of god (pearl tooth)
If you had a tooth with a deep cavity affecting the pulp tissue (the nerve), you’d probably lose that tooth. But today with advanced scientific technique called a Root Canal Therapy you may save that tooth.
Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth’s pulp, a small thread like tissue in the center of the tooth. once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal.
Root canal is indicated in
- Deep cavities
- Highly sensitive teeth (Cold & Hot sensation)
- Broken/Injured teeth.
Steps In RCT:
- First an opening is made through the back of a front tooth or the crown of a molar or premolar.
- After the diseased pulp is removed (a pulpectomy), the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped in preparation for being filled.
- If more than one visit is needed, a temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to protect the teeth between dental visits.
- The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal is permanently filled using a tapered rubbery material called gutta percha and is often sealed and placed in the canal for structural support.
- In the final step, a crown is usually placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance.
Duration: Within a week
How long will the root canal treated tooth last?
Your restored tooth could last a life time if you continue to care for your teeth and gums. However regular dental checkups are necessary. As long as the roots of a treated tooth are nourished by the tissues around it your tooth will remain healthy.